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What a wonderful night in NYC’s nolita, celebrating the Sienna Ray PopUp Finale with all of our wonderful supportive friends/family, press, and top fashion bloggers. It was an amazing evening filled with fortunes, champagne, and fabulous handbags. Check out all of our guests in attendance.
Thank you to everyone who attend and celebrated this amazing night with us! Special thanks to photographer Jahmar Armani for these photos. When one door closes, another opens… the journey has just begun. – Sienna Ray xx
Thanksgiving through Christmas will be jam packed with fabulous shopping events and networking opportunities. Hope you can all join us… here is what we have in place:
The invite-only event will be held at the Sienna Ray PopUp Shop located on 252 Mott St in New York’s NoLita. instaGLAM© will submerge industry influencers into a playful wonderland, painting a picture of modern minimalist with a holiday bohemian twist. White walls, sleek shelving, and an aroma of complimentary warm apple cider, mulled wine, and ginger snap cookies filling the space. Event attendees will experience a Snapette photo booth station and nail art design by La Voila beauty. The event will also provide Snappette members an inside look of the boutique and product, distributing exclusive shopping offers redeemable during the event and duration of the PopUp Shop.
12/13 (Thursday) “PopUp in a PopUp” with Emalle Handbags 6-10pmBrooklyn-based handbag company. Featuring a capsule collection of handbags made for the busy girl on-the-go. Each bag is designed with unspoken practicality andsophistication that makes them perfect carryalls from day to night. MORE exciting plans for this event unfolding as we speak so keep posted!
Sienna Ray & Co., lovable leather handbags & accessories, has spread its wings from Vancouver to NYC’s Mott Street in a PopUp shop sure to please. The boutique, which will be open from Thanksgiving weekend until Christmas Eve, offers a selection of special edition handbags, clutches, cosmetic cases and leather goods catering to the East Coast woman. For the first time Sienna Ray & Co. will debut a capsule collection of men’s small leather goods, RAY87, including wallets, cardholders, and laptop bags. The PopUp will be a true reflection of the brand’s marketing statement, ‘luxurious from the outside in’, capturing the playfulness in the overall shopping experience for it’s customers.
The boutique will embody a similar vision to the handbags: clean and inquisitive, giving customers the opportunity to touch and feel the product, also to see that there really is more then meets the eye. Each handbag is multifaceted just like the New York woman, a bag to rely on that can be with you and enhance your energy from day to night.
“Immediately when we signed the lease I wanted to include other inspiring designers in this opportunity and initiated a series of events ‘PopUp in a PopUp’. I wouldn’t be where I am today without all the help and support from friends, family and industry successors. I feel the PopUp shop is a true test to the brand. I see crisp white walls, edited product, multiple color stories; with accent of our signature lining from dress forms to delicately wrapped Christmas parcels, surrounding the atmosphere with holiday love and gift giving.
The location could not be more fitting in the high-end independent design area of NoLita. I feel extremely humbled to be in a radius of talented designers and brands. I am equally so proud to embrace my Vancouver roots, being situated on a prime shopping trail of Canadian success starting with Artizta on Broadway/Prince, John Fluevog footwear on Mulberry and now Sienna Ray & Co. around the corner.”- Founder & Creative Director, Natalie Kathleen
The Sienna Ray PopUp is located at 252 Mott St, just north of Prince St. Open 7 days a week Novovember 23 – December 24, 2012. Store hours: 11AM-7PM Mon-Sat & 12pm-6pm Sun.
View map here
come visit us and get you holiday shop on! xo
Who says you can’t look fabulous in the rain? As fashionistas, we make a vow to look great RAIN or SHINE. Sometimes I secretly look forward to the rain because that means its time to bust out the trendy rain gear! What did you say? You don’t have any fab gear in your closet? Girl step your game up! Lucky for you we have some amazing pointers to help bump up your style into the fabulous category. First things-first: you MUST add in a rain coat- depending on your style. If your going for a classic look we highly recommend DKNY (they have a great fit that’s true to size & affordable) or if your going for a funky piece with some color try Michael Kors. Next up- rain boots: we are loving the trendy Vivienne Westwood jellies, and of course the classic Hunter wellies. The last accessory to complete your new rain gear-a fun and flashy umbrella: try larger all-in-one stores such as Target, and department stores like Macy’s. With all your new gear you’ll be singing in the rain. xo
These days everyone is searching for a good bargain, “the market” NYC is the perfect weekend stop to shop. Located on a block that is pretty quiet during the week, St. Patrick’s Youth Center’s gymnasium at 268 Mulberry Street is transformed into a wonderland of independent fashion every Saturday and Sunday. This trendy indoor market has become the showcase for some of the city’s best independent designers setting up tables and racks of cutting edge handmade clothing, jewelry, handbags, hats and more recently, artwork. Some designers have even opened up their own boutiques but they still remain loyal by selling each weekend at the Market. The Market attracts a mixed crowd of shoppers each weekend, including tourists from around the world, locals looking for the next big fashion trend, and there’s the occasional celebrity sighting too – Leonardo DiCaprio (incognito) has been seen picking up a t-shirt or two, Debra Messing likes the jewelry, and Sienna Miller. You never know what you’re going to find!
‘Life is not measured by the breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away.’
Okay… so this is not a life-changing moment however each and every little success is well worth a celebration over here @ Sienna Ray!
For all our wonderfully fashion savvy friends across the pond in Europe, you can now get your hands on a piece of the Sienna Ray action right at your fingertips – minus stretching your patience counting the days as your new handbag enjoys the view as it ventures the Atlantic seas…. welcome to your rescue Amazon.co.uk, now serving a wide selection of tastefully multi-talented handbags:
Listen up ladies, the hottest trendy tip for fall is leaning how to layer your clothing. There are so many ways to layer your look- some of them can make your outfit different and personal, and some of them can make you look like a hot mess! The most important thing to keep in mind when layering is colors and textures. Avoid using too many layers…3 things on top is enough (you don’t want to look bulky). When it comes to colors neutrals are key for a classic or polished look, they have low saturation and can give your layering a harmonious touch. For a sassy and stylish look mix different fabrics- you can never go wrong with a little sequins! Remember layering is not only for the upper part of your body. Layer the bottom half with tights, leggings, and over the knee socks peeping out of high boots is always fashionable. Keep it classy or sass it up depending on your mood and personal style.
Stunning and regal Pippa would look amazing in Sienna Ray’s “medusa” doctor bag in cocoa. Who wouldn’t want a large carryall with delicate charm? Sophistication and discreet style make this handbag a must for women who carry their life in one place at all times! From the royal castle to a shopping trip- “medusa” has you covered.
Our lives are forever changed & enriched by the products continually produced by Apple. Of course Apple products may not belong on the same pedestal of water, oxygen and other nutrients necessary for life… Nonetheless, in my mind they fall to a very close second or third. (Not to mention the fact that I received an iMac in grade school which I then to my delight upgraded several times.)
Steve Jobs has changed the world of technology forever. Ten years ago, in October of 2001, Apple introduced the iPod. The concept of a music player had been done before. Technical associates, salespeople and research analysts all had commented that the price Apple decided on was the worst decision ever and that it would go, nowhere. Two years later the same comments were made about the iTunes music store and paying for virtual music files. As we all know now, not only were these successful ventures, but the predecessors for so much more (including for many other copycats).
Many tend to overlook his past projects, or were not around when these events took place. Steve pioneered the process of placing advanced forms of technology into the hands of people to use in their everyday lives. Apple may not be branded a PC but it was the first and most user friendly “personal computer” to ever exist. Apple continued to first develop their line of desktop computers with innovative varieties then turned to laptop computers, to handheld. However, that is too simple a statement for the transformation all these ventures had on the world of technology. (Pirates of Silicon Valley, a great story of Steve Jobs & Bill Gates).
As he leaves us, he managed to impress us once more with the boundaries he breaks with each update. Many do not realize how revolutionary the soon to be released iPhone update is. Just as in the past, people spoke negatively of the possibility for the iPhone to possess Siri. Which according to Apple, is “the intelligent assistant that’s there to help. Just ask. Ask Siri to make calls, send texts, set reminders and more”. The Siri will instruct your iPhone to perform tasks with just the sound of your voice. THIS WILL MAKE LIFE SO EASY! (I thought he had already made it as easy for us as he was capable of, especially with walking GPS apps!)
It takes people like Steve Jobs to really go in and change things, to make things happen. Not to worry, he has built a great team of successors, I still expect great things from Apple.
Sienna Ray xx
This morning, opening my curtains I was greeted by numerous rays of sunshine. However, stepping out of the front door I was welcomed with the crisp bite of Mother Nature, FALL IS UPON US!
I look forward to this day, a lover of all seasons; I tend to play favorites with Fall. As this weather approaches we all come to find that our outerwear and accessories bear more importance to us than the underneath. Bring on the layers, bring on the boots, and bring on the soup!
There are countless symbols that Summer is over & Fall is upon us. I know for some it hits earlier during annual Labor Day celebrations, ironically a day typically paired with pouring rain and not a single ray of sunshine. For others, it is when Starbucks brings back the pumpkin spice latte or endless sales as stores make room for previews of Winter Collections. For me, Fall creeps up, but has not fully arrived until that first perfect day dictated solely by mother nature.
Which is why I am so excited to dust off my fall wardrobe for what I hope will be a full week of Fall. One pair of boots I am most looking forward to debuting is the Banana Republic “Ryder Rainboot”. The perfect choice when the weather will most assuredly be unpredictable but it is important to look polished, work appropriate, while still battling the bad weather.
The past couple weeks I pulled on boots with tall socks only to end up sweating by the afternoon. The next day I opted for my trademark trench and rain boots, which I ended up carrying around instead of wearing. I was a little too eager to start the Fall season. Good news is, I have reusable bags stored everywhere for these kind of situations (thank you multiple Anthropologie purchases).
So, as I finally reopen the Fall section of my “Great Food Fast” Martha Stewart cookbook I will share my favorite cold weather soup with you! What do you look forward to most about the change of seasons? Besides an excuse for soup every day, the change of seasons for me marks an excuse for a new pair of boots, or several.
Sienna Ray xx
Pureed Butternut Squash Soup (adapted from FE “Great Food Fast”)
Serves 4 – Prep Time: 25 minutes – Total Time: 45 minutes
1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook the onion until fragrant (about 2 minutes). Add the ginger, garlic and squash to the saucepan. Stir occasionally for 6-8 minutes. Then stir in 4 cups of water. Bring entire mixture to a boil; then reduce the heat. Simmer until the squash is tender, about 20 minutes.
2. Puree the soup in two separate batches. Stir in the orange juice (again to taste) and 1tsp or so of salt. Serve hot with pepper if desired!
Tip: When blending hot foods, allow the heat to escape to prevent spattering. Remove the cap from the hole of the blender’s lid and cover the hole with a dishtowel while blending.
We’re all a fan of being comfortable and looking fabulous at the same time. Toms brand has definitely mastered the art of combining both. Their first collection of ballet flats are set to be released spring 2012. They are to be sold at an upscale line at Neiman Marcus for about $125, and a core collection for other retailers, which will retail between $74 and $79. Here are pictures of the already- coveted shoes.
I love dressing up for poolside parties. So many layers can be put on and taken off to create different looks!
Enjoy snapshots of past shows this week. Sienna Ray’s favorite shows so far are: Rag and bone, Daryl K, and Tracy Reese. So much effort is put into putting together fashion shows. It would be a waste not to watch the shows, especially when you can live stream it right from you laptop computer at home. Be sure to catch some of today’s shows! The schedule goes as follows:
9AM Jenny packham
9.30 Callula Lilibelle
10AM Carolina Herra
11AM Carlos miele
1PM Rebecca Minkoff
1.30 Pamella Roland
2PM Donna Karan NY
3PM VLOV-QUINGQUING WU
5PM Norman Ambrose
6PM Betsey Johnson
6.30 Jad Ghandour
7PM Perry Ellis
This outfit was inspired by pebbles. They’re clean, white, and is strong and solid. The top Kayture is wearing is a white structured top. Her shorts are black which create a crisp contrast between the top and the bottom. I like the scalloped details because it gives the look a soft, yet clean edge. The Regal Sienna Ray bag is perfect for this outfit because we all know Sienna Ray is all about being luxurious from the outside in!
Fashion’s Night Out (FNO) was originally conceived by Anna Wintour in 2008. For me, FNO is like a city wide fashion show that is open to the public. Designers and important people in the fashion industry make appearances at retail stores that are showing their latest fashion. FNO is definitely a love child of fashion and fun.
To list a couple of my favorite in store events on 10/8…
Phillip Lim boutique will be transformed into a ‘Girls on Bikes stop’ in the vein of a truck stop but for chic girls around town who ride bikes! 6pm – 11pm
Oscar de la renta will have a special FNO collection available online
Alexander McQueen Collect one of a limited number of FNO2011 keys containing a special code for the chance to win an Alexander McQueen Folk Tote. Enter your code online to see if you’ve unlocked the gift.
Chambray has been big this year. It has influenced many designers to use more denim in their design. Accessorizing denim could be tricky because the garment is usually already very bold in style. Try pairing your denim piece with dark colored accessories for an edgy, grungy, and sophisticated look.
Okay, raise your hands if hurricane irene or the earthquake that happened in virginia made life a little harder for you. For all you Atlantic City go-ers, I’m sorry to say (if you haven’t heard) that the place will be closed- only their third time in the past 33 years…. And know I wasn’t thrilled to have my work lost on Tuesday when the aftershock of earthquake hit NYC.
What I’m trying to say is.. ’”when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” There are going to be hiccups in life and you’ve just got to make the best of a situation. With the storm coming, I know I will be looking forward to using my new Opening Ceremony umbrella.
I usually do my grocery shopping on a Thursday afternoon to avoid the crowd. i was standing around the refrigerated goods section when a friendly Trader Joe’s associate approached me. I had a half gallon soy milk in a carton in one hand; and a whole milk in a plastic gallon container in the other. He had chatted me up about the green bottle and I thought I’d share!
How it works: 1) you purchase your milk in pouches (saves room in your grocery bag). 2) put the pouch in the green bottle. 3) voila! enjoy your beverage from a green, recyclable container!
Rock your pinks, oranges, and neons before the temperature drops, flowers wilt, and fall arrives. Pair a vibrant colored top with white bottoms. After all, white brings out the tan in every skin color!
Good make up can totally change your look and appearance. I for one have an issue with dark circles. They make you look tired and unhealthy. Your appearance is important because your co-workers or friends’ view of you matters. To awaken your look try putting on concealer where necessary, mascara on the lashes, and blush on the cheeks. See pictures below what a difference make up does!
Playing with paper dolls and Poly Pockets is the earliest nostalgic memory of mine pertaining to fashion. Three years ago when trying to foresee what I’d like to do after college, I had thought I would want to be a costume designer. However, I still do admire the work that costume designers produce.
Shay Cunliffe is a costume designer of some of my favorite movies: Because I Said So, City of City of Angels and He’s Just Not That Into You. I love that she dressed both Mandy Moore and Diane Keaton in polka dot dresses.
Though spring is my favorite season of the year, I prefer dressing in sumer/fall clothing. There’s something aesthetically pleasing about light jackets, maxi skirts, white jeans, and booties. For the fall, I’m loving the capsule bags in varsity colors (maybe because I am a rising senior in college and I am having college withdrawal symptoms already?)
What’s your beverage of choice in the summer? Is it a frappuccino, smoothie, coconut water, or just plain old water? As refreshing as frozen drinks, juice, and iced teas are, most of them contain with added sugar. Deep down we all know that water is the best for your body. Try carrying a bottle of water in your purse and see if you can’t cut down on the number of frozen drinks or cold beverages you purchase during lunch break. (It saves you a lot of money too) The collapsable Vapur bottle is a great choice for ladies who don’t have a lot of room in their purse for a giant bottle.
Pop up stores and businesses like Cool Haus has taken retailing to the next level. This weekend while in Soho, I stumbled upon the 83 Anomaly, an installation disguised truck that houses Convoluted Construct, a line of art inspired graphic tees. Now next time you go shopping, would you rather make it an experiential one, or would you rather visit a traditional store.
I’ve recently been watching the CWTV’s Shedding For the Wedding show. It got me thinking about which kind of an engagement ring I’d want in the (not near) future. It’s normal to ponder these things right? Or have I been influenced by my friends who, on our senior trip, flipped through magazines in search of the perfect wedding dress. What do you think of my find (assuming Mr. Right is very wealthy)?
Who: Jane Aldrige
What: Sea of Shoes, a very influential blog as it has followers from all ages, styles, and personalities.
When: launched in 2007 as a hobby
Why: She can carry out any look or trend. As exhibited, Jane can go from preppy americana to romantic. She has done some collaborated design work with Urban Outfitters Footwear and with Gryphon. I definitely am looking forward to seeing what becomes of the blog in the next few years!
An investment worth making? A good pair of optics or sunglasses. They are great fashion accessories that help you look sophisticated, mysterious, and smart. Take good care of your specs and they will last you years.
Yesterday I had forgotten to bring my glasses to work. My eyes were crying for help by the end of the day, they were so strained! If I had a pair of stylish Oliver peoples optics, I would probably wear it 24/7 and never have to go a day being blind at work again!
Oliver Peoples, distinctive luxury eyeglasses
You may be surprised at how rearranging a few pieces of furniture in a room makes it look completely different. I love the idea of room make overs. It gives you a chance to move furniture around, clean, and possibly find lost items that have fallen behind your dresser or night stand.
The secret to rocking two piece bikinis? Confidence. If being confident means getting on the treadmill for 30 minutes everyday for a week, do it! Your body will thank you for the work. If tired of the gym, Self Magazine has some great, fun tips on how to burn calories, right at the beach!
Picnicking is one of the fun and free activities one can do in the summer. All that’s needed is a park, and of course, a picnic basket to hold yummy goodies.
Having a fashionable picnic basket is like having a fashionable handbag. Back in the days when I shopped at Gap Kids, I used to have my (older) sister carry the shopping bag for me because I was too embarrassed carry the bag myself. With that said, I do not want any of my readers to have to suffer the same embarrassment of carrying a not so good looking picnic basket.
I suggest checking Picnic Time out. They carry the most innovative picnic and lifestyle products. Their products can be found at Amazon, Kohls, Fresh Picnic, and many more online stores. The metro baskets (pictured) are especially nice because they are collapsible and are insulated.
Summer is the season to kick, back, relax, and enjoy the weather. By this time, I am sure some (including myself) have forgotten/ given up on their new years resolution plan. Take advantage of the low key season to get back on track with your goals and plans.
Earlier this year I had planned on shopping sustainable for a change. Well, surprise surprise I finally found the incredible, Sustainable NYC store. They carry cool stuff like: Recycled tin maple syrup candle and recycled chain bottle opener. I think I have found myself a new favorite store. It feels amazing to follow through with your plans and I encourage everyone to do the same!
Sustainable NYC, 139 Avenue A, New York
There is a certain thrill you get from being an early adopter. Hence when I found out through Daily Candy about the recent opening of Victory Garden, their super cute website quickly sent me down to West Village to be one of the first people to try the infamous goat milk frozen yogurt!
Opening only just last Friday, their unique flavors such as rose & mastic (tree resin from pine tree in Greece!) surely cannot be found elsewhere. To my surprise, the frozen yogurt was really light and does not have a strong odor to it like goat cheese does.
…on a similar note while obviously having cool iced treats filling my brain these days, I am probably a late adopter to the Pop Bar ( of Gilt City’s “Unique Sweets” tour). Hello clever invention and good looking fro yo popsicles! Where have I been all this time!? The store also makes your design tastebuds go ohh lala- refer to photos. I cannot say enough of this place. One must go check it out! Super cool store!
Victory Garden, 31 Carmine Street, New York
Pop Bar 5 Carmine St, New York
It’d be a fantasy come true if one ran into a magical genie on this hottest humid afternoon. I would ask him so many questions- like how he felt when he told Princess Jasmine the truth and how it felt to ride on the magic carpet…. I could use that breeze right now!
My fantasy sort of came true today when I found my Aladdin- right here in West Village, New York, selling hats! I try my best to be an avid supporter of local designers/ boutiques, so I could not resist supporting the little hat stand next to Hummus Place. The owner (Mister Aladdin himself is relaxing behind his collection in the picture below!) was so sweet that I could not resist making a purchase. It was 6PM on a very hot day and I was his first customer. He cut me a deal on the hat and I got it for $22. I wouldn’t say it’s a steal but I wouldn’t bargain with Mr. Aladdin.
Now if he was to be really generous, he should take me for a ride on his magic carpet with Abu.